How to Stencil Pillows

How to Stencil a Perfectly Plaid Pillow
The Perfectly Plaid Pillow brings personality wherever it goes.
The Perfectly Plaid Pillow brings personality wherever it goes.

This isn't your garden-variety pillow! Cheery flowers bloom brightly on an inviting toss pillow.

Skill Level: Beginner

Time Needed: 4 hours

Stencil Design: Download the Perfectly Plaid Pillow as a PDF.


Step One: Stencil this design on a square of muslin rather than on the pillow itself. Stenciling on fabric is made easier if you mist a piece of cardboard with stencil adhesive spray and then smooth the fabric over it. The sticky surface of the cardboard will hold the fabric securely while you stencil.

Step Two: Measure and mark the plaid border areas, and tape them off with painter's tape. Repeat Step three from the Nightstand Makeover to stencil these sections plaid.

Step Three: Stencil a ­garden of flowers between the two bands of plaid.

Stencil the flowers in the center of the pillow.

Step Four: When all paint is completely dry, follow the manufacturer's instructions to iron the stenciled muslin onto a square of iron-on adhesive and then attach the muslin to a pillow.

These flower stencils can be used in a variety of projects.

Color Chat

Color says it all! If you can't find the perfect hue for your room, mix it yourself. The green in this plaid was made by combining 2 Plaid Apple Barrel paints: 1 part Meadow Green to 4 parts Light Leaf Green. The yellow stripes are Delta Ceramcoat Pale Yellow. Create a luscious garden of flowers with Delta Stencil Paint Crème in Luscious Lemon, Yellow Ochre, Cottage Blue, Lavender, and Bright Green.

The next project is the super-huggable Teddy Bear Pillow. Learn how to stencil it on the next page.

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